A Slice of Heaven
Whether you are the party type and like popular resorts and beaches, or you’re the quiet type who prefers their own little corner of peace, Montenegro has all you need for your ideal vacation. Rugged hills overlooking bays and beaches offer you many unique vista points and moments of inspiration.
What to See
Up in the north, the town of Herceg Novi is the gatekeeper of the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful bay, also known as “Boka” (from Boka Kotorska) is home to many churches and monasteries, and is a famous pilgrimage site. To the east and inland is National Park Lovćen, with the famous mausoleum of the Montenegrin ruler, poet and philosopher Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.
Budva is the most-visited town in Montenegro, and its 2,500 years of history make it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Only 6 kilometers away is the town of Sveti Stefan, known for its flagship island off the coast that is now home to a high-end resort. Since the 1970s, many celebrities have set foot on the island, including Orson Welles, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, and Carlo Ponti.
To the east and inland from here is Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe. The Albanian-Montenegrin border runs through the lake, and both countries have declared the lake as a protected area.
Last but not least, you would want to visit Podgorica, the capital city, which has for centuries been at the intersection of important routes and cultures. The oldest remains of Podgorica date to the late Stone Age, and there are plenty of monuments dating to the Middle Ages, and especially the Ottoman Empire.
What to Do
If you like history, the many medieval towns in the Bay of Kotor will provide plenty of content for your to explore. Ostrog Monastery, the most important site in Monenegro for Orthodox Christians, is a must-see landmark. The Upper Monastery is often called “The Miracle of Saint Vasilije” because the way it was built gives the impression that it has grown out of the very rock where it stands.
If you like the outdoors, wildlife, water activities and good food, we recommend visiting Lake Skadar.
What to Eat
The food in Montenegro will largely be very similar to Croatian and Serbian food, since their cultures and traditions are very close. Greek and Turkish influences can particularly be found across the region, and specialties such as moussaka and baklava. Summers are great for stuffed peppers, burek (börek) and ćevapi. Homemade yogurt, cheese or cream (pavlaka) are also specialties the locals are very fond of.